But one person won't let Daisy forget who she used to be: Irish exchange student and brilliant musician Cal. Does she want the bad boy or the prodigy? Should she side with her parents or protect her brother? How do you know when to hold on and when--and how--to let go?
"The Sound of Letting Go is deeply moving, fiercely honest, and always surprising. Stasia Ward Kehoe's characters are so real and complex, you won't want to let them go at the end. I loved this book "--Barbara Dee, author of Solving Zoe, This is Me From Now On, Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life, and Trauma Queen
"Achingly beautiful, The Sound of Letting Go takes readers down a dangerous path while touching the heart and encouraging hope."--Elana Johnson, author of Possession, Surrender, and Abandon
"Told in verse that is at once delicate and strong, lyrical and honest, Stasia Kehoe's The Sound of Letting Go is a moving contemporary story of the intense push and pull between the responsibility of family and the freedom of dreams."--Jessi Kirby, author of Moonglass, In Honor, and Golden
"With captivating verse and a lyrical love story to match, The Sound of Letting Go will keep you hanging on, breathless and enchanted, until the very last page."--Gretchen McNeil, author of Possess, Ten and the forthcoming 3:59 and the "Don't Get Mad" series
"Soulful and stunning, this book has captured my heart. It's one of those tragic melodies you never want to end, a tribute to the damning and redemptive power of music."--Jessica Martinez, author of Virtuosity and The Space Between Us
"The Sound of Letting Go draws you honestly into the turbulent ambivalence of life with a severely challenged sibling, while never short-shrifting Daisy's individual coming-of-age journey. The music of Stasia Kehoe's beautifully flawed characters will resonate in your mind long after you finish reading her book."--Elise Allen, author of Populazzi, co-author of the Elixir series with Hilary Duff
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-12-09
- Reviewer: Staff
Kehoe’s second novel-in-verse, after 2011’s Audition, movingly evokes the conflicting emotions of 17-year-old Daisy Meehan as her family teeters on the edge of falling apart due to her younger brother Steven’s violent episodes. A skilled trumpet player, Daisy has used music as a means of escape from her chaotic home life for years. However, her parents, burdened by caring for Steven, “who has morphed from challenging autistic boy/ to dangerous, nonverbal near-man,” are unable to give her the support she needs. Now that they are considering placing Steven in an institution, Daisy is torn, craving a respite from being Steven’s “third parent,” but also dreading the hole in the family his absence would leave. Daisy’s increasingly large acts of rebellion undermine her chance to cultivate a friendship with a foreign exchange student who shares her passion for jazz. Instead, she turns to an old friend, who is no stranger to family conflicts. This painfully honest portrait of a family in crisis raises questions about love, responsibility, and self-sacrifice as it moves gracefully to a difficult but realistic resolution. Ages 12–up. Agent: Catherine Drayton, InkWell Management. (Feb.)